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Hendersonville Motorcycle Accident a Reminder of Summer Dangers in North Carolina

A Hendersonville motorcycle accident left several riders injured after a chain-reaction collision as traffic merged onto I-26 from U.S. 25, Blue Ridge Now reported.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol reports a large group of motorcycles was merging onto the highway behind a Chrysler when the vehicle braked suddenly for stopped traffic ahead. A 41-year-old East Flat Rock woman was seriously injured and taken by medical helicopter to Mission Hospital in Asheville. A second rider was also seriously injured.A second bike, driven by a 61-year-old Hendersonville man, also struck the vehicle. He was treated and released at Park Ridge Hospital. Two other bikes crashed while attempting to avoid the collision.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Asheville, Henderson and elsewhere in the Carolinas remind motorists that we are at the height of summer riding season. About two-thirds of motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle are the fault of the vehicle’s driver. The popularity of motorcycle riding has exploded in recent years and so too have the number of serious and fatal accidents.

Nationwide, 5,290 riders were killed in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. North Carolina motorcycle accidents claimed 159 lives in 2008 while South Carolina motorcycle accidents led to the deaths of 115 riders.

The legislature created the North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Education Program 20 years ago. Today, more than 10,000 people a year learn to ride at one of the program’s 32 sites, according to the North Carolina Motorcyclist’s Education Foundation.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has published 10 Things Every Driver Should Know About Motorcycles. North Carolina motorcycle safety tips for drivers include:

-Look for motorcycles, especially at intersections.

-Motorcycles may appear farther away because of their small size. Speed is also difficult to judge. If in doubt, wait for a rider to pass before proceeding into the travel lane.

-Motorcycles are easily hidden in a vehicle’s blind spots. Take an extra moment to check thoroughly.

-Their small size can give the illusion of speed; don’t assume a rider is speeding.

-Riders may slow down by downshifting — making brake lights an unreliable indicator. Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle.

-Turn signals do not typically shut off on their own. Know a rider’s intentions before proceeding.

-Don’t expect a motorcycle to be able to dodge out of the way.

-Motorcycles require about the same stopping distance as a car. Don’t expect them to be able to stop on a dime.

-Think of a motorcycle in motion as a person.

If you or a loved one is involved in an accident, contact the North Carolina injury attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP. Call 1.800.533.6845. No Attorney Fees Until You’ve Been Paid.

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